After a rain delay Friday and a change of venue and tournament format Saturday, the Linda Crabtree Softball Challenge came to a conclusion.
Piedra Vista head coach Kevin Werth and Bloomfield head coach Andi Clark worked together to move the PV tournament to Bloomfield's turf field from the Farmington Sports Complex after heavy rain and snow overnight left the complex fields unplayable.
That left only one field to play on instead of two, and the tournament changed from a bracket format to a round robin so every team could play at least three games in the tournament.
"I would like to thank coach Andi Clark and Bloomfield softball for the use of their facility," said PV head coach Kevin Werth. "We would never have been able to get any games in if it wasn't for this option, and we are very grateful"
PV went 3-0 in the tournament, defeating St. Pius X 3-1 in a good game Saturday morning before defeating 5A Valley 10-1 in the afternoon.
Susie Chandler was a wrecking machine at the plate, hitting a two-run home run in the game against St. Pius X to lead the Lady Panthers to a hard-fought win.
She had another three hits and two RBIs against Valley to help propel PV.
Krissy Fortner took the win in the circle in both games.
She went six innings against St. Pius X and allowed one run on three hits while striking out five and not allowing a walk.
She had six strikeouts in four innings against Valley, allowing one run on three hits and no walks.
"I was pleased with how well our girls handled adversity. The weather, a chance of venue, playing on turf, etc.," Werth said."It was a great way to start the season, and hopefully we can build off this and have another good weekend in Las Cruces. We had some very timely hitting and squared balls up nicely all weekend. Krissy pitched great in all three ball games and, as most pitchers will tell you, pitching in that kind of weather isn't always fun, but Krissy did as good of a job of getting comfortable being uncomfortable."
Bloomfield also went 3-0 in the tournament, defeating Espanola 15-0, Shiprock 10-2 and Gallup 2-0.
"We played as one team, 12 strong. Every one contributed in our wins," said Clark. "The pitching was strong, defense had each other's back and the bats were strong."
Clark was pleased with timely hits against Gallup during a cold game played under the lights Saturday.
Kirtland Central was in action again Saturday in one game, defeating Grants 6-3.
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After losing the opening game of the Cobre Tournament to St. Michael's, Aztec won its final two games of the tournament.
On Friday, Aztec (3-1) defeated Duncan, Ariz., 21-0. The Tigers followed up that performance with a 7-1 victory over Morenci, Ariz., on Saturday.
Tanner Moore and Tyson Curley were named to the all tournament team for their efforts.
Moore was 7-10 at the plate with four doubles, a triple and a home run in three games.
Curley pitched a complete game Saturday while striking out 13 and only giving up two hits.
Cleveland 8, Farmington 6
With a heavy wind blowing in Artesia, Farmington High fell to Cleveland 8-6 on Saturday to finish 1-2 at the Artesia Invite.
The Scorpions (1-3) will be in action again in their own tournament this weekend at Ricketts Park.
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